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Eye Witness


Published 1948


Episode
'The Story of Television' of WNBT's 'Eye Witness'


Hosted
by Ben Grauer with Guest: Dr. Vladimir K. Zworykin.


Air-Date:
Feb. 26, 1948



Audio/Visual sound, color


Reviews

Reviewer: ea327 - - November 3, 2014
Subject: Where is Farnsworth?
It is very interesting that no credit is given to Philo T. Farnsworth. If you do any reading on the subject you will find that Sarnoff of RCA was instrumental in "borrowing" most of Farnsworth's work. Since RCA was much larger than one man, they were able to push Farnsworth out of the picture and take all the credit for the invention of television. Farnsworth is really the father of electronic television. Take a look at this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMwEhrRmIVE This will tell the real story.
Reviewer: Karltonthedoorman - - September 3, 2013
Subject: Eye Witness 1948
How do you explain something as complex as television to an audience that has no idea how it works? They do their best and remain charming without being condescending, which is not an easy task.
Reviewer: The_Emperor_Of_Television - - September 2, 2013
Subject: Another great upload by zigoto - Wish I could give it 6 stars - A delightful if biased piece of television history
I'm horrible at reviewing things but I'll try to review this...forgive me for being a terrible reviewer.


As a documentary on the history of television technology, this is of course a very US-centric and RCA-centric account. There are some important people ignored. Nevertheless, I recommend this because of the rare artifacts that are shown, as well as the interesting interview.

But I feel the real reason that people will download this is because of the chance to see television programming from 1948.

The sets and acting in this episode aren't much, I admit. On the other hand, while the sets are very basic (most of them consisting of a curtain, a desk and some props) there are quite a few of them, at least 7 in fact.

This program compares unfavorably with productions from the following year, but even so I must admit I found it entertaining. It has a charm to it, despite of and perhaps because of its limitations.

The picture quality of this upload is quite acceptable, and looked quite decent when I viewed it on my TV set.

I would love to see more pioneering productions from 1948 (such as "The Swift Show", "Kraft Television Theatre", "Photographic Horizons", "The Bigelow Show", etc.) but I am quite well aware how slim the chances are of these becoming available.
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